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Why can't a decision to make an answer community wiki be reversed?

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See: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/256/… –  Shog9 Jul 9 '09 at 14:27
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possible duplicate of What are "Community Wiki" posts? –  Gnome May 20 '10 at 19:33
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CW can now be reversed by a moderator. –  Robert Harvey Jan 3 '12 at 23:50
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I don't think it's about gaming. A community wiki post is one that belongs to the community. It doesn't matter if it got that way by the number of edits, or by the OP "donating" it to the community by checking the box manually, it's still community owned. It would seem rude to me for an individual to take back something that was owned by the community.

I can still see the need for it if the box was checked accidentally. In this case I think it should be possible to uncheck the box within the initial 5-minute edit "grace period".

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+1 exactly my thought. –  Ólafur Waage Jul 9 '09 at 13:28
    
With the ability to tick it back (without rollback this time) on a posterior edit. –  John the Seagull Jul 9 '09 at 13:36
    
Does taking it back during that grace period also give back answers that were forced to community wiki in the interim? –  Jeff Yates Jul 9 '09 at 13:55
    
@Jeff: Just to clarify, this isn't how it currently works, I'm just suggesting that this is how it could work. To answer your question, yes I think that would only be fair. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 9 '09 at 13:57
    
What about people who answered with a CW answer on purpose? –  Brad Gilbert Jul 9 '09 at 22:01
    
@Brad: What about them? If they answered CW on purpose then I don't see how they're affected. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 10 '09 at 0:58
    
@Bill, I like your answer, but you may want to modify the FAQ: "There is no way to reclaim your post back from Community Wiki mode. This is to prevent exploits and gaming of the system." –  Pops Jul 30 '10 at 15:14
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My guess,

To prevent gaming. I do think there are some exceptional cases where it is fair for a question or answer to go back to normal mode. Perhaps the moderators need that power.

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+1 for giving the mods that power. –  Jonathan Sampson Jul 9 '09 at 13:03
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